Designer dupes are an affordable version of a more expensive product. Therefore, this DIY designer dupe is inspired by handmade stone pottery from Pottery Barn. While Pottery Barn pottery can range from $50-$300+, I found this planter at the thrift store for $3. Then, I used a few materials that I already had at home to replicate the natural finish of unglazed stoneware pottery with paint, joint compound and coffee grounds.
This is a great way to reuse old vases, planters, jugs that you no longer use. In addition, you can find ceramic or glass pottery at the thrift store, garage sales, or dollar stores for just a few dollars. Just look for containers with simple lines and shapes. The color can easily be changed.
Once you try this DIY project, you will be hooked. Again, it’s an affordable way to give new life to old decor. Plus, it works on a variety of mediums including wood. Simply, prime any plastic, metal or glass with spray paint primer before applying the first layer of paint compound.
Have fun and experiment with a variety of materials to create the texture that you like. For example, dirt or sand can replace the coffee grounds. Instead of joint compound, mix in plaster of Paris or baking soda for a chalk like finish. Lastly, use any color of paint that you want! Love the look of terra cotta? Then, add joint compound to any terra cotta colored water based paint.
Once dry, style your vase or planter with real or faux greenery, foraged branches or fresh flowers. For instance, I added a houseplant to my upcycled planter and placed it on a few deconstructed books. However, this weathered looking pottery is so pretty that it can stand alone on a shelf or work with a collection of pottery to create a beautiful display.